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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Oct 18, 2012 10:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH and tomorrow too

To paraphrase Mr. Weir, sometimes things are just exactly perfect. Even though I have come around to the belief expressed by Dennis and others that the retirement shows at Winterland were not the best of '74, they had moments in them that were, imo, staggeringly beautiful and deserve to be periodically recognized as such. Not oops, my neighbors hate me again, my speakers fell off the shelf, my dog is crying. Nope, just gorgeous.

So take a few minutes today or tomorrow and check out the Dark Star > Morning Dew from today. Lights down low and headphones on. Truly a wondrous emotional ride and experience. I recommend starting in Seastones, about 20 minutes in where Jerry enters for the full effect. And for the next night, cue up the Eyes > China Doll. Bouncy and sweet with great propulsion and not a duff note. Like it could have been written out. Stick around for the unique Truckin' too.

I don't think I need links to any of this - anyone who doesn't have this on their hard drive probably doesn't care about this post anyway.

I was fortunate enough to be at these two shows - they still affect me. My name is Diamondhead and I approve this message.

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Poster: Reade Date: Oct 18, 2012 11:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH and tommorow and yesterday too

"....not a duff note. Like it could have been written out. "

Exactly. I feel that way about so many performances. 'Were they all reading off the same sheet music with everybody nailing their part perfectly?!?"

And lets not forget a couple years earlier,
http://archive.org/details/gd72-10-18.sbd.weir.7295.sbeok.shnf
Playin>Drums>Dark Star>AM Dew>Playin.

And the night before and after
http://archive.org/details/gd72-10-17.sbd.sacks.2219.sbeok.shnf
http://archive.org/details/gd72-10-19.sbd.des.4506.sbeok.shnf

The 17th lacks the big second set Jewel-in-the-Crown jam involving a Dark Star or Other One, etc., but hey it's Fall '72 and all the songs are performed with such energy and youthful enthusiasm.
Read the review posted yesterday for the 17th by a guy who was there. It puts you right there with great context and color!

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Poster: Reade Date: Oct 18, 2012 5:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH and tommorow and yesterday too

Geez, the guy I mentioned who wrote a review on the 17th yesterday wrote about the 19th back in 2008. Man, he can push a pen. Having missed out on this era personally, at least there's testimony such as this out there. What a great complement to the music itself to be able to read of another's experience who was there:

Reviewer: ststephen49 - - April 23, 2008
Subject: Nothing like the Fox...
I was lucky enough to live in the area and the Fox run of shows was dazzling. Rumors at the time had the Dead considering purchasing this grand old theatre for their Midwest outpost. This show had an energy that just quite doesn't translate, in spite of all of the good words written about it here. The band was on the whole 3 nights, feeling so comfortable and settled in this beautiful space with the lineup I consider the best I'd seen in my time and the crowd was primed. The music was transformational live and in person, especially from 5th row Jerry, although that's just where my body was. Kieth was really on, and as the new guy was adding texture and layers that meshed soooo well with Jerry, Phil & Bobby. Bill was ever-present, moving it all along with amazing rolls & fills, all really tight. The crowd was really high on the music, the acoustics, each other, about 4500 heads all getting off together...you all know what I mean. Jack Straw, Sugaree, China>Rider, Bird Song, The Other One...By the time we hit NFA>GDTRFB>NFA we were at a fever pitch, riding the Bus to the Gates of Heaven to the Paradise that lay in front of us. But really I was immersed in the whole show, 1st song to last, not an off note to my sunshined mind. I'm was blessed to have seen the band at this time, and doubly blessed to have seen these Fox shows.


EDT: Another reviewer who was there pointed out this three night stand happened on a Tuesday, Wedensday and Thursday. Geez this is all just crazy good.

This post was modified by Reade on 2012-10-19 00:45:45

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Oct 18, 2012 12:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH and tommorow and yesterday too

Two fine posts supporting some great music,not being the best of 74' certainly isn't a reason not to re-visit the excellent stuff that came out of this run,it surely was better than anything that came after it.